Tottenham Hotspur will be eager to book their place in the last 16 of this season’s UEFA Europa League when they host Italian Serie A side, Fiorentina in the second leg of the Round of 32 tie.
The tie is evenly balanced with both sides leaving the stadium last week with a 1-1 draw but Spurs would be breathing a little easy, thanks to a Nacer Chadli goal in Florence. However, La Viola are no pushovers and are likely to take the game to the London outfit and will be looking to get the better out of a side that is desperate to win a competition in which they have featured regularly in recent times.
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There is however, one issue that Spurs need to take care of. Star striker, Harry Kane, is set to sit out the crunch game after breaking his nose in the FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace. The England international is scheduled to return against Swansea, but obviously his withdrawal is a big miss for Tottenham.
Mousa Dembele is another absentee with the Belgian international needing around two weeks to recover from a groin injury. However, Mauricio Pochettino receives a major boost with the return of Hugo Lloris and Erik Lamela.
Spurs don’t have a great record against Italian sides in European competitions with the London outfit winning just four previous games in fifteen outings. Three of those wins came at White Hart Lane (AC Milan in 1972, Inter Milan in 2010 and 2013).
Fiorentina have not lost against English sides in their last five European outings with two of those wins coming against Thursday’s opponents last season.
However, Spurs have lost just once in their last 20 European games at White Hart Lane which means that the Florence-based outfit could be in for a tough time against a side that is also competing for the league title.
The games are coming thick and fast for Tottenham at the moment but the 10/11 on the Spurs home win looks worthy of support.
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